Physical attractiveness in dating

20 May

Physical Attractiveness is More Important Than We Think Physical attractiveness may serve as a gatekeeper directing us toward partners who are healthy, age appropriate, and able to reproduce (Weeden and Sabini, 2005).

And when we make real-life dating and mating decisions, research indicates, physical appearance dominates: We choose to pursue relationships with those who are attractive to us (see Luo and Zhang, 2009; Kurzban and Weeden, 2005; Thao et al., 2010). Stereotype directionality and attractiveness stereotyping: Is beauty good or is ugly bad? doi:10.1521/soco.2006.24.2.187 Kurzban, R., & Weeden, J.

In other words, when talking to couples that have been successfully married for many years they rarely list “physical attraction” as one of the core issues that has led to their success.

However, experimental research, as well as evidence from online dating and speed dating, shows that physical attractiveness is equally important to men and women.

You needn’t feel guilty about your lack of physical chemistry with a person.

In fact, you’re acting compassionately by letting them know you’re not attracted, (gently, no need to be blunt here) so they can find someone who does find him or her physically appealing.

The Mannerist movement was not afraid to exaggerate body proportions for an effect considered attractive; Juno in a niche, engraving by Jacopo Caraglio, probably of a drawing by Rosso Fiorentino, 1526 Generally, physical attractiveness can be viewed from a number of perspectives; with universal perceptions being common to all human cultures, cultural and social aspects, and individual subjective preferences.

The perception of attractiveness can have a significant effect on how people are judged in terms of employment or social opportunities, friendship, sexual behavior, and marriage.